ACU collaborates with No. 1- ranked research lab in the world

Posted February 11, 2011

For more than 10 years, ACU's Nuclear Physics Research Team has been a part of the hadron physics research at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y. A recent study found that Brookhaven is the number one research lab in the world based on the number of papers published and the number of citations.

ACU students and faculty have the opportunity to work on some of the most prestigious and cutting-edge physics experiments in the world. In fact, ACU is listed as a collaborating institution on four of the top 20 papers published over the past 10 years.

 "Over 500 scientists from all over the world are part of our research team," Dr. Rusty Towell, chair of ACU's physics department, "but only a few undergraduate students are given the opportunity to participate and most of them are from ACU. This is an opportunity for our students to be a part of world-class research."

At Brookhaven, the research team studies a new state of matter called a quark-gluon plasma, which has the highest energy density ever seen. While working on the PHENIX experiment, students have gained experience and connections that set them on successful career paths. ACU students continue on to graduate, medical or medical physics schools.

"What all of these students have in common is that while they were helping us learn more about the nature of the world around us, they were also gaining a valuable experience that helped them prepare for their future," Dr. Towell says.

Read more about the research lab rankings here or see the list of the top papers of the last 10 years.